Inventory: 16 Films Featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls, 10 Great Songs Nearly Ruined by Saxophone, and 100 More Obsessively Specific Pop-Culture Lists (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 13, 2009 - Humor - 256 pages
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Each week, the writers of The A.V. Club issue a slightly slanted pop-culture list filled with challenging opinions (Is David Bowie's "Young Americans" nearly ruined by saxophone?) and fascinating facts. Exploring twenty-four great films too painful to watch twice, fourteen tragic movie-masturbation scenes, eighteen songs about crappy cities, and much more, Inventory combines a massive helping of new lists created especially for the book with a few favorites first seen at AVClub.com and in the pages of The A.V. Club’s sister publication, The Onion.

But wait! There's more: John Hodgman offers a set of minutely detailed (and probably fictional) character actors. Patton Oswalt waxes ecstatic about the "quiet film revolutions" that changed cinema in small but exciting ways. Amy Sedaris lists fifty things that make her laugh. "Weird Al" Yankovic examines the noises of Mad magazine's Don Martin. Plus lists from Paul Thomas Anderson, Robert Ben Garant, Tom Lennon, Andrew W.K., Tim and Eric, Daniel Handler, and Zach Galifianakis—and an epic foreword from essayist Chuck Klosterman.
  

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Review: Inventory: 16 Films Featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls, 10 Great Songs Nearly Ruined by Saxophone, and 100 More Obsessively Specific Pop-Culture Lists

User Review  - Paul - Goodreads

This book probably would have been slightly better had I not read it cover to cover AND as an e-book. It's the kind of book you leisurely pick up and read a list while "doing your business". It's ... Read full review

Review: Inventory: 16 Films Featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls, 10 Great Songs Nearly Ruined by Saxophone, and 100 More Obsessively Specific Pop-Culture Lists

User Review  - Syntactical Disruptorize - Goodreads

I mostly read these columns in the original. Some of the lists are overlong and the authors spend too much time establishing their hipster cred, but overall it's an amusing look at various cross-sections of music, film, and literature. Read full review

Contents

47 songs that contain lists I
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GUEST LIST Robert Ben Garant
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YOU GOT YOUR MOOG IN MY KEYTAR 10 highly pretentious musical instruments
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GUEST LIST John Hodgman
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J8pus truly tough superhero adolescences
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15 common types you meet on DVD audio commentaries
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5 essential books about teevision
50
15 songs about the positive side ofdrugs
54
17 books we wish were still in print
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essential books about film
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35 things well forever associate with The Simpsons
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13 songs about the horrors ofbus travel
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Weird Al Yankovic
180
THE McRIB HAS NO BONES 13 particularly horrible fastfoodinnovations
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ROLL THAT CLIP 13 movies with key seenes featuring eharaeters watehing other movies
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WHO WAS THAT MASKED BAND? 8 musieal acts that keep their faces hidden
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34 actual topic names from Hasbro com3 instant answers
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23 songs that should never be covered again
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VISIONARY OR MADMAN? 16 careerjeopardizing labors ofove
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100 killer songs clocking in at two minutes or less
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15 pieces of music sure to eleara room
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9 DVD eommentators always worth a listen
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A.V. Club was founded in 1995 as the arts-and-entertainment arm of the satirical newspaper and website The Onion. The two brands quickly became distinct from each other, with The Onion providing humor and America’s finest news, and the A.V. Club becoming a significant, well-received source for pop culture news and commentary. In recent years, the A.V. Club’s web presence has become huge, attracting over a million unique users per month who visit for reviews, interviews, listings, and features on film, television, music, books, and more. Inventory will enjoy contributions from the entire A.V. Club staff, but the primary staff members assigned to the book project are Editor Keith Phipps, Managing Editor Josh Modell, and Associate Editors Tasha Robinson and Kyle Ryan.

Chuck Klosterman is the New York Times bestselling author of seven previous books, including Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs; Eating the Dinosaur; Killing Yourself to Live; and The Visible Man. His debut book, Fargo Rock City, was the winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. He has written for GQ, Esquire, Spin, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Believer, and The Onion A.V. Club. He currently serves as “The Ethicist” for the New York Times Magazine and writes about sports and popular culture for ESPN.

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